“INTERNATIONAL ACTION CAMP AGAINST MILITARY EXERCISE AREA NEAT IN NORTHERN SWEDEN
LULEÅ, SWEDEN, JULY 22nd-29th, 2011
SEMINAR: JULY 23rd – 24th
DAY OF ACTION: JULY 26th
NORTHERN SWEDEN AS A TRAINING GROUND FOR WAR
Europe’s largest overland military test range is called North European Aerospace Testrange (NEAT) and is situated in the north of Sweden. The area, that covers 24 000 square kilometers, is used for testing missiles, combat aircrafts and unmanned aerial vehicles. This summer the U.S. Air Forces in Europe used it to practice bomb dropping, and last year Nato Response Force used the area for Nato’s largest air exercise that year.
WAR STARTS HERE
That war is unavoidable or necessary is a pure lie, and that war is something that happens far away is also a lie. Wars that are being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq are trained and prepared for right here. Today’s advanced technology is used to maximize the damage on the ground while at the same time minimizing the risk of the attacker.
LET’S STOP IT HERE!
Whenever and wherever wars are being prepared and trained for, we need to stop them. Wars start here, and therefore we can stop them from here. We invite you, your grandmother, your summer flirt and everyone else you can think of, to an international camp against militarism taking place in Luleå (Northern Sweden) and it’s surroundings from July 22nd to July 29th 2011. The camp will include a seminar about resisting war July 23rd-24th, and a day of action against NEAT July 26th.
Read more here: http://warstartshere.com
Ofog is an antimilitaristic network working with nonviolent direct action against the arms trade, NATO, military exercises and other parts of militarism in Sweden and abroad.
Ofog has organised direct action camps in Karlskoga, where the weapons factories of BAE Systems Bofors and Saab Bofors Systems are situated. In 2008, a group within Ofog disarmed Carl Gustaf grenade launchers and parts of Haubits canons.
Ofog has participated in international actions such as blockades and mass actions at Faslane, Coulport, Aldermaston and Menwith Hill in UK, as well as in Shape and Kleine Brogel in Belgium.
About the name ”Ofog”
”Ofog” literally translates into ”mischief”. But ofog is also a play with words. “Foga” is a Swedish verb meaning to conform, to obey. But in Swedish, if you put an O before a word, you turn it into its opposite.
“Foga” also means, roughly, fixating things together in a decided and unchangeable form, so in this meaning of the word, when we put the O before, this is an allusion to our function as a flexible, dynamic network.
Here follows an attempt at a timeline of actions that Ofog has participated in:
October 16-19. Avrusta disarmament actions. Karlskoga and Eskilstuna, Sweden.
September. Dissent, Disturb, Disrupt. European Peace Action. Malmö, Sweden.
June 12-19. Disarm’08. Karlskoga, Sweden.
May 15. Rebel Dia. Göteborg, Sweden.
Spring. Ofog on tour. Meetings in different cities.
March. Nato Game Over.
February. Shamepoint. Malmö, Sweden.
September-October. Faslane 365. Faslane/Coulport, Scotland.
June. Disarm´07. Karlskoga, Sweden.
May. Rebel Mariner vs Nato. Göteborg, Sweden.
November. Protest. Brussels, Belgium.
October. Faslane 365. Faslane, Scotland.
September. Non au missile M51. Bordeaux, France.
June. Spy camp inspections. Fauske, Norway.
May. Nato. Göteborg, Sweden.
April. Bomspotting XL. Belgium.
August. Nuke base inspections. Coulport, Scotland.
June. Spy radar inspections. Vardö, Norway.
October. Get in Shape. Belgium.
August. Coulport, Scotland.
April. The Really Big Blockade. Faslane, Scotland.
November. Nuclear sub inspection. Devonport, England.
February. Block´n Roll. Faslane, Scotland.
Info for journalists
Ofog is an antimilitaristic network working with nonviolent direct action against the weapons industry, nuclear weapons, NATO and other kinds of militarism.
Ofog has organised peace camps with direct actions against the weapons industry in the town of Karlskoga. During the autumn of 2008 the first disarmament actions by Ofog activists took place. Right now our focus is on the military exercise area NEAT in Northern Sweden, where NATO, US and others exercise bomb droppning among other things. Ofog also participates in international protests and actions against nuclear bases and NATO headquarters an summits.
Journalists can reach Ofog at +46(0)733815361. During actions and camps we try to answer your calls directly. In between we may not answer right away but leave a message on the answering machine and we call you back as soon as possible.
You can also e-mail us at info[at]ofog.org.
Or you can phone us at +46 733 81 53 61 to leave a message.
Ofog Göteborg: goteborg(a)ofog.org
Ofog Stockholm: stockholm(a)ofog.org
Ofog Malmö: malmo(a)ofog.org